When Your Child Has a Dental Emergency

You put a lot of prep work into teaching your child to practice good dental hygiene and visit the dentist on a regular basis. Therefore, it can be alarming when an emergency situation arises that can instantly threaten your child’s smile. Fortunately, you and your child don’t have to face the emergency alone. At our Dallas, TX, children’s dental office, we have extensive experience helping young patients make it through most dental emergency situations and preserve the health and integrity of their smiles.

The definition of a dental emergency

Your child’s smile is unique, and so is the nature of the concerns your child might face with their oral health. That includes emergency situations, which can include conditions such as:

  • Sudden and severe tooth pain
  • A largely chipped or cracked tooth
  • A tooth with a piece broken off
  • Bleeding in the tissues around a tooth
  • A failed tooth restoration
  • And more

While the details can differ, most children who experience a dental emergency experience varying levels of tooth discomfort as a result. Depending on the nature of the emergency, your child’s tooth or teeth may also be significantly compromised, forced loose, or knocked out of place. Because such issues can only be successfully addressed with help from the dentist, it’s important to schedule an emergency dental visit as soon as possible for your child.

What to do in an emergency

The appropriate steps to dealing with a dental emergency depend on the emergency itself. For instance, if your child’s tooth is broken, then capping it with a dental crown may be the most appropriate solution. If your child has a severe toothache caused by a cavity, then it may be treated promptly with a tooth-colored filling. Before scheduling an emergency dental visit, check your child’s mouth carefully for any signs of bleeding or broken pieces of tooth structure. If so, you can stem the bleeding by having your child bite down gently on a clean, moist gauze until it stops.

Schedule your child’s emergency dental visit

If your child experiences a dental emergency, then follow these tips to address it as soon as possible and help save your child’s smile. For more information, schedule an appointment by calling Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda in Dallas, TX today at 214-321-4880. We proudly serve patients who live around Casa Linda and all surrounding Dallas communities.

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